Civil Rights / Liberties
By Steve Ahlquist on November 21, 2014
Randall Rose and members of the RI Coalition to Defend Human and Civil Rights held a protest outside the US Marshal’s offices in the Federal Building in downtown Providence against the aerial surveillance of cellphones.
By Steven Brown on November 3, 2014
Tomorrow, you will choose between your constitutional rights or an expensive fantasy. In recent weeks, the ACLU of Rhode Island and a number of other organizations have talked extensively about the risks of a Constitutional Convention. We’ve shown what came from the 1986 Convention, including a lasting restriction on the right to bail, and the 20 years it […]
Posted in Campaign 2014, Civil Rights / Liberties, Constitutional Convention, Featured, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU, Citizens for a Responsible Government, constitutional convention, question 3, Rhode Island | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 27, 2014
Mike Stenhouse and Bishop Tobin pinky swear to avoid “thorny cultural issues” in the event of a Constitutional Convention. Can we take them at their word?
Posted in Campaign 2014, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Constitutional Convention, corporate greed, LGBT, News, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island | Tagged Bishop Tobin, Civil Rights / Liberties, concon, human rights, jim vincent, justin katz, mike stenhouse, Rhode Island Constitutional Convention, RIconcon, steve brown | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 26, 2014
Wearing a gas mask, Yacoob picked up a discharged container of tear gas that had been launched at protesters by police. The gas was labeled, “Not to be used against civilian crowds” and “not to be used after the expiration date.” The police had violated the instructions on both labels.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, News, Race & Racism | Tagged amnesty international, ferguson, Larry Fellows III, Michael Brown, police brutality | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 22, 2014
“I wonder if an atheist mayor would be in a position to respect the sincere convictions of believers (of all faiths) and to encourage and support the many contributions the faith community makes in our city and state.”
Posted in Campaign 2014, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, News, Providence, Religion, Republicans, Rhode Island | Tagged atheism, Bishop Tobin, catholic church, jorge elorza, Separation of Church and State | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 14, 2014
“What good are our rights if you are violating them?” asked the mother, “Our kids feel the way they do [about the police] because they feel disrespected. They don’t trust you. I’m a black woman. I’ve been pulled over six times in my life for no reason.”
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged community policing, police, Providence, Providence Police, Racial Profiling | 2 Responses
By Bruce Reilly on October 12, 2014
When ProJo ran my opinion piece, “Why Cianci’s conviction matters,” I knew what to expect. Someone would probably bring up my past in an effort to shoot the messenger. I figured it would be a Cianci supporter, or even a staffer, as any political campaign will typically have a comprehensive media strategy. Perhaps it would […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 12, 2014
A poll release by the RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity does not show voter support for a Con-Con. If anything, what little has been released from the poll demonstrates the opposite.
By Steve Ahlquist on October 9, 2014
As I listened to Grover Norquist address the crowd of about eighty people at the swanky and exclusive Squantum Association in East Providence on Thursday afternoon, I couldn’t help but wonder if the slick conservative operative knew what he was talking about.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Constitutional Convention, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Labor, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island | Tagged constitutional convention, grover norquist, mike stenhouse, Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 9, 2014
“The poster child of wealthy out-of-state special interests is Grover Norquist,” said Pablo Rodriguez, who is also President of Latino Public Radio, “whose could use a Constitutional Convention as a vehicle to buy any issue he wants. If we allow a Constitutional Convention, we will essentially be handing the keys of our government over to people like Norquist and his billionaire friends.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Constitutional Convention, Rhode Island | Tagged Citizens for a Responsible Government, concon, grover norquist, Kate Brewster, Mike Araujo, pablo rodriguez, RI Constitutional Convention | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 9, 2014
Business and government conspired to keep working mothers poor. Yet the hotel workers keep fighting and marching the picket line every Wednesday, demonstrating more character and humanity in two hours a week than the General Assembly musters all year.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Labor, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged fight for 15, hotel worker, Procaccianti Group, Providence Renaissance | Leave a response
By Steven Brown on October 9, 2014
Rhode Islanders no longer need to worry about facing prison for exercising their free speech rights now that an outdated law that banned the distribution of anonymous political literature has been ruled unconstitutional. Ruling in an ACLU lawsuit, U.S. District Court Judge William Smith on Tuesday struck down a state law that makes it a crime to circulate […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU, anonymous speech, Civil Rights / Liberties, first amendment, free speech, john blakeslee, judge william smith, mark freel, smithfield | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on September 29, 2014
Leaked classified documents indicate the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles is sharing residents’ driver’s photos with the National Counterterrorism Center, a little-known federal agency that has authority to broadly monitor US citizens, according to the RI ACLU. “The ACLU of RI has deep concerns about our state’s collusion with the NCTC in this manner, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 22, 2014
Yesterday I marched with 400,000 people in New York to demand that government take strong action to save the earth from the catastrophic results of climate change. We were a united humanity taking a stand for everything that is truly important: our lives, our world and our future.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Environment, Featured, Photos, Religion | Tagged climate change, climate march, New York, People's Climate March | Leave a response
By Steven Brown on September 15, 2014
This Wednesday marks the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 delegates of U.S. Constitutional Convention and the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is celebrating with a trivia night for civil libertarians. Test your knowledge of the Bill of Rights by joining us Wednesday, September 17, at The Salon […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 14, 2014
Progressives advocate for social reform. Working from the core value of compassion, progressives see the expansion of human and civil rights as important goals and work to advance the wellbeing of all human beings. Built into progressive ideals is an optimism about the necessity of human beings coming together to solve the larger issues confronting our world.
By Bob Plain on September 12, 2014
A Providence woman was denied the right to vote, according to an ACLU press release which details four incidents in which Rhode Island’s controversial voter ID law caused problems at the polls on primary day. “An elderly Hispanic woman who did not have identification was turned away from voting in Providence,” says the press release. […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 2, 2014
The Peace Flag Project coordinates and connects the community to events that celebrate peace during the month of September. Celebrating the Month of Peace is about working to create the Beloved Community and a Culture of Peace in our communities. A peaceful culture is one that we, as citizens, can create by how we live […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2014
From Gaza to Ferguson, we are witnessing the effects of the corporatization of the military and the militarization of the police. The alternative to the world on offer is one of courage and peace. The choice is ours.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Defense, Featured, International News, Occupy, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Syria | Tagged Drones, Gaza, Obama, Peace, Protest | 3 Responses
By Steven Brown on August 29, 2014
Calling it “a new low” in the state’s enforcement of the Access to Public Records Act (APRA), five open government groups blasted an opinion issued by the Attorney General’s office which held that public bodies can charge members of the public for the time it takes to compose a letter denying an open records request. That interpretation of […]